PLF mourns the passing of our friend and colleague, Reed Hopper

January 03, 2018 | By PLF

It is with deep sadness that we convey the news that our longtime friend and colleague, Senior Attorney Reed Hopper, tragically passed away on Christmas. … ...


National Law Journal : Pacific Legal’s Formula for Winning Cert

March 08, 2018 | By PLF

You need doggedness and determination, and real subject matter expertise. You’ve got to be able to write great cert petitions because that’s the way you get in the door, but you also need to find clients that judges can rule in favor of. … ...


How environmental protection and individual liberty can work together

December 15, 2018 | By PLF

Sword&Scales is PLF’s quarterly magazine. Sign up to receive the magazine here. Download Sword&Scales … ...


Hartford Courant : Why Connecticut parents are challenging racial quotas in our kids’ schools

March 04, 2019 | By PLF

This op-ed by PLF client Gwen Samuel was originally published in the Hartford Courant on March 3, 2019. It’s been 65 years since the Supreme Court ruled in the historic Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. That landmark ruling, the outcome of 13 courageous black … ...


Washington Post : I fought for — and won — the right to advertise happy hour in Virginia

April 29, 2019 | By PLF

This article was originally published by The Washington Post on April 29, 2019. Geoff Tracy owns restaurants in the District, Maryland and Virginia and was represented by Pacific Legal Foundation. In July, a new law will take effect in Virginia, repealing the state’s long-standing prohibition on advertising for happy-hour drink specials. My ...


Make housing legal again : Sword&Scales spring 2019

May 06, 2019 | By PLF

Even the word “home” is special. Hearing it immediately brings warm memories and exciting aspirations to our mind’s eye. The meaning of home is changing though. Well-intentioned but incompetent government housing policies are making home ownership too expensive and too risky for many Americans. This is the new normal for the Ameri ...


Who Owns America’s Beaches? – Sword&Scales spring 2019

June 12, 2019 | By PLF

“You can’t” is a call to war for the principled, headstrong among us. If you’re trying to do something well, “you can’t” is a wet blanket of backward thinking. Our Summer 2019 edition of Sword&Scales is titled Who owns America’s beaches? and “You can’t own beach land” is the anta ...


The Morning Call : It’s my farm but it’s everybody’s Constitution

July 16, 2019 | By PLF

When you live in a small community, your neighbors and elected officials are often one and the same. The best way to keep tabs on both is to stay involved and ask tough questions. And if the two worlds collide, make a federal case out of it. That’s what I did when some officials in … ...


The Hill : Feds clear farmer to plow, then slap him with millions in fines

November 27, 2019 | By PLF

Following government rules is often a tough enough task. But when federal agencies secretly move their own rules’ goalposts and then threaten millions of dollars in fines for noncompliance, it can be devastating. Ask Jack LaPant. In 2011, the rural farmer in Tehama County, Calif., planted 900 acres of winter wheat on his property. Before  ...